26.2 to Life Official Trailer Premiere Former San Quentin Inmates to Run at San Francisco Marathon
July 11, 2023
San Francisco, CA /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Jumping Fences Inc, the event organizer behind the renowned San Francisco Marathon, is thrilled to host the unveiling of the official trailer of “26.2 to Life,” an inspiring documentary film that delves into the profound impact of running on the lives of former San Quentin inmates. This groundbreaking documentary follows their personal journeys of redemption and self-discovery. Three San Quentin running club members will participate in the upcoming San Francisco Marathon races.
The film captures the stories of several individuals who have found solace and a path to personal growth through a dedicated running program within San Quentin State Prison. These remarkable individuals exemplify the transformative effects of physical activity, mental discipline, and camaraderie.
“Running in San Quentin has always been a major part of my life. The running community is my family,” said Jonathan Chiu, a San Quentin 1000 Mile Club member. “This will be my first marathon since being incarcerated, and to run free has always been the ultimate goal with no limitations of being forced to sit down [from the alarms that go off in prison] or restricted to the same lap 105 times.” Chiu will be running the full marathon.
As part of their participation in the marathon, the former inmates will join thousands of other participants in conquering the challenging 26.2-mile course, symbolizing their resilience and endurance in the face of adversity. Their commitment and dedication have already served as a powerful inspiration to their fellow inmates and the broader community.
“We are excited to share the message of the transformative power of running at the SF Marathon and within the greater running community of our hometown,” said filmmaker Christine Yoo. “During the speaker series, we will screen the official trailer and moderate a discussion with several film subjects who have been released from prison and continue to participate in endurance running. They will share their experiences of running in prison, how it impacted them, and how they continue their running journey on the outside.”
The San Francisco Marathon provides a unique platform for these individuals to showcase their newfound passion for running and commitment to personal growth. The official trailer of “26.2 to Life” will premiere at the Expo, where filmmaker Christine Yoo and featured runners from the San Quentin 1000 Mile Club will also speak on July 22.
“We are extremely proud to support the participation of these extraordinary individuals in the San Francisco Marathon,” stated Lauri Abrahamsen of Jumping Fences, Inc. “Their stories epitomize the spirit of redemption and demonstrate the incredible power of second chances. We hope their journey will inspire others to believe in the transformative potential of running and the indomitable human spirit.”
Saturday, July 22: 9am – 5pm
Location: Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, #2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco, California
26.2 to Life will be released in theaters on September 22, 2023. For more info: Sanquentinmarathon.com
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